Rolex L Series Explorer ref. 1016 with Original Papers C1989

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Year of issue: 1989

Reference number: 1016

Serial number: L216xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

This would have been among the last of the Rolex sport models produced with a plastic crystal and represents the end of that era for Rolex’s iconic designs. Preserved in like new original condition and accompanied by the original papers and sales receipt (sold for $1275.00 on 7/12/1989), the package offers a very special opportunity for the discerning collector. The later 1016s such as this have the “hacking” movement. 36mm. Stock 42174


Joshua Bonifas


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